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Old March 24th, 2009, 11:49 AM   #1
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This is something I have wondered about for years.....

I live down on the Mi/Oh line right off US23 exit 1 and right down the road from me are some BIG stone quarries and even more over the Oh line.The one near me has to be a mile long by 1/4- 1/2 mile wide and thats just one of them.They havent done anything with it in years and actually sold off some land across the street from it a few years ago to build a massive sports complex.I look down into these things and see all the roads,platos,walls,etc...and it looks like it would be an absolute blast to do some wheeling in there.I would imagine you could make some serious technical stuff down in there.

So what do they do with these quarries when they are done mining them?

Anyone ever work at one?

I wonder if anyone has ever concidered turning one into an off road park that might gernerate some revenue instead of just having a big hole in the ground doing nothing.
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Old March 24th, 2009, 11:54 AM   #2
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MOST of them are owned by the state. we have one right next to my house practically and they wont sell the land because the state owns it.

i have thought of the idea to but your better off buying tons of land and starting one on your property. after all the legalitys and stuff i doubt it would be worth it
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Old March 24th, 2009, 12:00 PM   #3
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They flooded the one near me and sold off all the rim property off as waterfront lots.



The problem with these, is liability and shear cost. Theres always a chance someone is going to slip their rig off a ledge and fall 100 feet, or a loose rock is going to slide off a wall and fall on someone. Not to mention you have to keep massive water pumps running 24/7 to keep them from flooding since they are all WAY below the water table.
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Yeah Derick I thinkin about the one in Monroe....seemed kinda dumb to me.Waterfront homes in the middle of downtown Monroe?Ghey.

The ones by me apear to me dry,so IDK.

I cant imagine the risks in a park like this would be any greater than any other ORV park.Hell,give a guy a 2wd truck and an open flat corn field and Im sure he could find a way to kill himself there too!
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Dont most quarries have pumps running all the time to keep the rain and ground water out of them? I'm sure that wouldn't be a cheap process to keep up.
I know of one down in Ohio that they turned into a state park...they built a nice beach around it, and let it fill up, it's a damn nice place now.

The one in Monroe off of Monroe street and Dunbar is now almost full after they started letting it fill up 4 or 5 years back, and they are building some nice homes around it. So unless you are in a very dry area, I'm sure you will have a lot of water issues.

I'm not saying it's not a good idea, but in this area as close to the lake and as low as we are...I can't see I staying dry for long. But it is worth checking into, I would love to have a place to wheel close to home.

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Here are the ones near me. One on the north side of the road is still mined and the other next to it is flooded. On the south side of the road they are building a big park and you can see the quarry I was talking about.
http://maps.yahoo.com/;_ylc=X3oDMTEx...669142&zoom=16
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If youre really serious about inquiring about the possibility of buying one, here's Stoneco's web site. They are the company that actively mines most of the quarries in monroe.

http://www.stoneco.net/


I think its a good idea, but the cost of running the pumps and getting proper insurance would be extreme.
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isn't that what the Badlands (attica) once was..........
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I am by no means saying I want to BUY a quarry,Im just a out of work auto worker. I was wondering why the people that already own these dont look into this possibilty.
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if you really want to persue the idea I suggest getting hold of Rebecca Humphries from the DNR , she is the head of lands like that and would make it very easy if the land was avalable. there is still a standing law in place in the books that stated in no uncertain terms the DNR would provide an ORV riding area in south eastern Michigan. if someone was to remind Rebecca that it still hasn't been followed up maybe she will give it some thought since the state planned to spend some $428,000,000 in the next couple years on parks and such.
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